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Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.... 1/31/2015 9:07 PM

Vatican investigates 2 cases of child porn possession
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican investigated two cases of child pornography possession in the past year, officials said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 9:03 PM

AP NewsAlert
CAIRO (AP) -- Online video purports to show Islamic State group beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.... 1/31/2015 8:22 PM

British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
LONDON (AP) -- The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82.... 1/31/2015 7:47 PM

Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday.... 1/31/2015 7:41 PM

President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants
El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.... 1/31/2015 7:37 PM

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants.... 1/31/2015 7:25 PM

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian who hurled firebomb
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says troops have shot a pair of Palestinians who were throwing firebombs at Israeli vehicles in the West Bank. Palestinian officials say one of them, 18-year-old Ahmad Najar, was killed and another was lightly wounded.... 1/31/2015 7:21 PM

Fire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A fire swept through a plastic packaging factory on Saturday night in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, killing at least 13 people, a fire department official said.... 1/31/2015 7:20 PM

Officials say bombings kill 14 people around Iraq's capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed 14 people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.... 1/31/2015 7:16 PM

Charlie Hebdo fans to wait for new issue as survivors rest
PARIS (AP) -- There will be no Charlie Hebdo at newsstands this week.... 1/31/2015 7:15 PM

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.... 1/31/2015 7:08 PM

Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Outgoing heavy-caliber fire boomed incessantly, shaking the ground and rattling windows around the besieged town. Residents of Debaltseve, seemingly inured to the racket, listened impassively as they mustered at the town hall on Saturday to be evacuated with as many belongings as they could carry.... 1/31/2015 6:45 PM

Macedonia opposition leader accused of organizing a coup
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- The leader of Macedonia's opposition was charged Saturday with preparing a coup and prevented from leaving the country.... 1/31/2015 6:36 PM

Italy's lawmakers elect Sergio Mattarella as president
ROME (AP) -- Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, was elected Saturday as Italy's president in the third day of balloting by lawmakers.... 1/31/2015 6:18 PM

Spanish radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally
MADRID (AP) -- At least 100,000 people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.... 1/31/2015 6:10 PM

Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally.... 1/31/2015 6:06 PM

Swiss police: 4 dead after avalanche hits group of skiers
BERLIN (AP) -- Police in Switzerland say four people are dead after an avalanche hit a group of skiers in the southeast of the country.... 1/31/2015 5:49 PM

Morocco, France mend long spat, restore legal collaboration
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- After a year-long rupture, France and Morocco restored their cooperation in legal matters on Saturday, a move allowing closer counterterrorism cooperation.... 1/31/2015 5:39 PM

Anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Kabul turns violent
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Saturday against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, turned into a violent confrontation between riot police and demonstrators, police said.... 1/31/2015 5:36 PM



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